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Oct 22, 2009 07:42 PM

Substitution for Yogurt in parve recipes?

I've come across a bunch of recipes lately I want to try. I can't find Parve Soy yogurt in Vanilla or Plain -Trader Joe's only has fruity flavors and the Silk brand are dairy.
I'm looking specifically for a low fat substitution, so Tufutti Sour Supreme, which I loathe anyway, is probably not the right choice.
Any suggestions?

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  1. is it for cooking or baking?

    i *think* the Whole Soy & Co. brand, which you can find at Whole Foods Market, natural foods stores and even some mainstream supermarkets is Parve - you might want to look into it. they do make Plain and Vanilla, and it's relatively low in fat.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I'd second Whole Soy & Co. It is listed as Pareve on the containers and is my favorite yogurt substitute. If it works for you, it's a great product!

    2. Depends on the hechsherim you trust. My Rav does not accept the hechsher on the Whole Soy & Co. brand, but for those who do accept it, it is marked parve, as far as I recall. However, if it's for a parve dessert after a fleishig meal, there are some "dairy equipment" brands, where the yogurt really is parve, but because of the halachos about not eating parve things made on dairy equipment directly with meat, they are not appropriate for use in actual fleishig recipes. I think I saw a vanilla or plain of "Soy Delicious" brand. Or is it "So Delicious"? Can't recall, but I think the OU-D is because of the equipment, not the ingredients.

      1. Here is my recipe for a substitution that I have used frequently and which I have actually used when cooking Kosher Indian dishes. This is my own creation, so if you do use it and if you pass it along, please give me credit as it will be in my soon-to-be-published recipe book and I don't want anyone to suggest I am infringing on someone else's trademark. Also, please let me know how it works for you as I am always interested to learn how people use my ideas in their daily cooking.

        Pareve "Yogurt":

        ½ cup non-dairy creamer
        1 tsp lemon juice
        2 Tbsp mayonnaise

        Combine thoroughly. Makes approx. 5 oz

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        1. re: koshermasterchef

          Koshermasterchef: I, for one, am really excited about your recent contributions to this board. I hope you stick around and share more of your knowledge with us. Please keep us posted on your cookbook!

          1. re: Bzdhkap

            Many thanks for your supportive comments.

          2. re: koshermasterchef

            The OP was looking for a low-fat substitiute; each tablespoon of mayonnaise has 12 grams of fat, so this "recipe," calling for 24 grams of fat total, is not really low-fat.

            1. re: queenscook

              Mightn't the substitution recipe work just as well with a reduced far or no-fat mayonnaise? That would satisfy the OP's requirements.

              1. re: rockycat

                Actually, mayonnaise and non-dairy creamer both come in low or lower fat versions. I assumed the poster would make substitutions as deemed fit. Also, one should always make decisions regarding fat quantities based upon the total dish and the number of servings in the dish. If one is making a chicken curry (as I do when I use this quantity of yogurt substitute) for twelve it is important to divide the grams of fat by the servings, which in this case would essentially be 2 grams of fat per serving. This is where one usually decides on a taste versus substance equation. I hope the OP will take that into account when deciding how to proceed.

          3. there is coconut yogurt. The brand name is So Delicious by Turtle Mountain. I believe it is parve. If not, you could perhaps thicken some coconut or almond milk....or use mayo instead?

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            1. re: kashrutnews

              This product is dairy equipment.

              The OP may or may not still want this info, but remember that coconut milk and regular mayo are very high in fat.

              1. re: queenscook

                So Delicious actually makes 2 different kinds of yogurt. Their plain Greek Yogurt is made with coconut milk and is pareve, not DE.

                1. re: mamaleh

                  Does it have any noticeable coconut flavor?

                  1. re: rockycat

                    Very slight if you eat it plain. My husband does not like coconut (even a whiff of coconut fragrance sunscreen makes his stomach turn), but if I I use it in a dressing or a sauce he cannot taste it.

              1. re: anitalynne

                That doesn't seem to be available in the US right now.

                While they trumpet that they're kosher, they don't say on their website who is providing the certification. Any idea?